ProStar Software Appoints New Chief Technology Officer

(August 10, 2015 – Arcata, CA) ProStar Software (ProStar), an enterprise technology innovator focused on integrating the sales process with business systems, has appointed Brian Tawney to the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Tawney, who brings 20 years of experience in engineering and product innovation, will help drive technology initiatives and new product development related to enterprise sales solutions leveraging mobile devices.

“Brian brings a strong track record of success in technology innovation that is invaluable to ProStar,” said Bruce LeBel, President and CEO of ProStar. “He is already driving us forward as we expand the way sales teams use mobile solutions to increase performance through integration with business platforms. His talents will help us further advance ProStar’s innovative solutions.”

Previously, Tawney was a senior software engineer at ProStar, playing a critical role in the development of the organization’s products. Prior to joining ProStar, he was a software engineer at CornerStar where he developed technology to help customers improve their business intelligence and business processes. Also previously, Tawney worked at Springbrook Software as a senior developer.

“In this new role I hope to advance, create and implement a technical framework for a variety of nimble solutions to unmet business needs,” said Tawney. “The mobile applications market continues to experience rapid growth, which provides incredible opportunities to strategically improve business processes for organizations, particularly through user access to disparate enterprise systems with one common interface.”

Tawney earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University.

About ProStar Software
ProStar Software (ProStar) is an enterprise integration company providing a customizable suite of applications to tailor business systems, enabling customers to simplify existing processes and maximize their efficiencies. Building on proven expertise serving global multinationals and deep understanding of technology environments across organizations of all sizes, ProStar also offers affordable, cutting-edge solutions for small and mid-sized companies that are underserved by the large enterprise software providers. Located in Northern California, ProStar has more than 20 years of industry experience helping customers reach their business goals.

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CCI & MEI in the Big Easy: Recap of QAD Explore Conf 2014

This year's QAD® Explore Conference was in New Orleans, and what a good choice of venue. Excellent diversity and connections, with users from all over the world along with QAD and QAD solution partners (like us!). Bruce, Jeff, and Jana were representing ProStar, and they reported back to HQ that the floor was hopping - fantastic to have all that interest in our software products - Credit Card Integration, TailorPro, Mobile Enterprise Integration.

It comes as no surprise that modern businesses running QAD are looking to increase their mobile capabilities.

MEIMany of our conversations focused around Mobile Enterprise Integration (MEI), which is our integration platform and business process management tool. MEI makes it possible for you to run your business systems (i.e. Salesforce.com®, .Net®, Oracle®, SQL Server®, Sharepoint®, QAD, Progress/OpenEdge®) on any device, and on any browser. Sound good for business? Find out more about MEI.

Last week in the Big Easy, we also talked to a lot of folks about TailorPro, our non-invasive customization tool for QAD. As part of our commitment to continuous improvement of our products, now with version 8.1, you get MEI functionality *included*. For years, we've seen companies getting started with an investment in TailorPro, and getting the benefits "Easier than doing nothing". So, if your team has TailorPro already and would like to go mobile, has a customization need, are on an aging version of QAD, or are just curious how we can help you get better at what matters, we're here for you.

Our special focus was informing QAD users about ProStar's Credit Card Integration (CCI).

Bonus - we also had an energetic field of slot-car contestants for our 'Credit Car Racing'!
Bonus - quite an energetic field of slot-car contestants for our 'Credit Car Racing'!

Why? Simple - it's QAD's recommended solution for payment card processing for any company running QAD that needs to take credit card payments. Does your company take credit card payments, but you missed us or didn't make it to Explore this year? We'll be happy to give you a demo of our CCI solution in action.

We look forward to continuing all these conversations, and will be doing outreach this week to follow up. If there are any questions we can answer in the meantime just let us know!

Jana even met a local racer!
Jana even met a local racer!

Thanks so much to all the participants and organizers whose input and support made for a successful trade show.

Interview with Jeff Leinwand, CTO

We are very pleased to welcome Jeff Leinwand to the blog this week, in an interview as ProStar Software's new CTO. We've asked a few questions and had a great conversation that is definitely worth sharing, so, here's introducing Jeff in his own words:

ProStar: We'll get to work in a bit, but let's start with how you like to relax. I'm curious, for example after a long week, what's your favorite thing to do on a Saturday afternoon?

Jeff: Saturday is for outdoor activities. In my younger days it was team sports changing to golf and tennis as I got older. Once kids came along it moved on to their soccer and little league baseball with an occasional basketball league thrown in. Now that kids are grown it is back to outdoor activities, with the grandkids when possible.

ProStar: That sounds like a great way to spend the weekend. With your many years in the enterprise software business I imagine you've done a fair share of traveling. Is there anything you absolutely don't leave home without?

Jeff: Yes, just a few things. I never leave home on a long trip without smart phone and computer. Everything else can be replaced (except my wife, so if not on business I never leave without her but computer and phone are also brought along).

ProStar: That seems very reasonable! I wonder, on a more philosophical note, if you can describe for our readers a lesson or insight that informs your work?

Jeff: Consider the end user when building software. Too often brilliant technical solutions are wasted because the target audience doesn't understand how to use the solution. Not only don't we know what we don't know, we don't know what the end user doesn't know. Success for a system, no matter how complex it is, lies in the simplicity of its use. As software engineers we need to learn from auto manufacturers. Cars are very complex machines but the general user interface to drive a car is very simple even though the user doesn't understand the systems that make up the car. If you look at the biggest complaint of car owners it seems to be with the new technology for entertainment, navigation and syncing up phones, none of which has anything to do with the driving the car. The software guys still haven't learned from the hardware guys.

ProStar: That reminds me of KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid! Our users are definitely lucky to have your down to earth perspective on that. I imagine that's something you've learned alongside a host of other useful knowledge, but maybe you can you give us just a brief list of some professional skills you've found most useful in your career?

Jeff: Sure thing. Computer languages I've used the most include C#, Progress, JavaScript, Python, COBOL, FORTRAN (yup, those age me). There are a few others that I am going to choose not to mention because knowledge of their existence really makes me ancient. I have built systems using HTML5 and .NET, beginning with the beta version of .NET in 2000. And, database experience includes SQL Server, Progress, MongoDB and other open source databases.

ProStar: And how did you aquire all those skills? Which of your career moves have been most important setting you up for the CTO role here with us?

Jeff: As an accounting major (MBA) with a computer science technical option I started my career developing a commercial General Ledger system for Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys). Went to work for a major accounting firm doing consulting and EDP audits. Spent several years at a manufacturing company, first as a Systems and Programming Manger, then as IT Manager, finally moving into manufacturing where I ran the new product line (purchasing, manufacturing engineering, production and quality). Moving on to QAD, my role in charge of the Strategic Consultants, Custom Programming Group and Technical Support Group was very informative. As VP of Product Development with Strategic Information Group I did LEAN Manufacturing as well as QAD consulting. And then, I founded Sabino Creek with another former QAD/SIG person, and that really paved the way, we did custom software and international ERP partnerships.

ProStar: So, Jeff, to the heart of the matter. What are you most looking forward to in your work here?

Jeff: There is nothing more rewarding than creating product. Having spent a great deal of time on the production floor I know first hand how many employees take pride in their work and become frustrated when they have ideas to improve the product but management won't listen. I have also seen workers who were detached from their product and observed the resulting lack of quality. I have seen too many managers operating without the proper information and/or training to create the efficiencies required to compete in today's world. Finally, I have been both a provider of systems and information and a consumer of those systems and information. so I am well positioned to understand the technology required to deliver information and understand the needs of the person receiving and using the information.

I want to enable organizations, that is, ProStar as well as our customers, to use tools that will help achieve goals, improve products, improve work environment, quality, and bottom line.

ProStar: Jeff, this was wonderful. Thank you very much, and welcome on board!

CCI Gran Prix at Explore

Starting line...
Starting line...

Thanks to all who participated and raced our "Credit Cars" in the CCI Gran Prix last week in San Antonio.

ProStar's booth at the QAD Explore conference was great fun to produce, with slot car racing! The event was very successful for us generating interest in Credit Card Integration for QAD users.

 

And they're off!
And they're off!

What is Credit Card Integration, you ask?  It's QAD's recommended tool for users to stay on track and ahead of the pack with credit card processing.  Do you use QAD and process credit card transactions? CCI is for you. We here at ProStar Software have created the best credit card tool in the entire QAD suite. Don't wait. Get a free demo!

"Credit Cars" on track
"Credit Cars" on track

Credit Card Integration for QAD

Does your manufacturing company need an easy way to use credit cards and QAD software at the same time?

ProStar Software is very excited to announce that CCI is now the credit card tool recommended by QAD for their users. Credit Card Integration is specifically designed to give businesses that use QAD the ability to manage credit card transactions safely and consistently, without intensive overhead and with compliance to industry security standards: PCI DSS v2

Immediate benefits include:
  • Reduce credit processing delays from days to moments, exceeding your customer’s expectations and improving your cash management.
  • Simplify your operations and reduce the internal workload of manual credit card processing.
  • Improve the security of the sensitive credit card data.
  • Reduce fees levied by the credit card processor.

Get a demo today!

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ProStar will be presenting CCI at the 2015 Explore

Accepting payment via credit cards is one of the most necessary financial interactions for any modern business. This need for credit card processing is now even true for manufacturers and wholesalers, which have historically processed payments via purchase orders, invoices, checks, and other financial instruments. The last decade has seen a market shift to requiring this kind of functionality, so ProStar created an easy tool that allows you to add secure credit card processing to the enterprise software you already use, with no changes needed to the QAD source code.